Deptford gets a £1 million regeneration boost and 121 new homes

Homes at Rise - a new London living quarter - benefit from a communal roof terrace and market square.
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For decades, Deptford was misunderstood by "outsiders" who never visited the area and dismissed it as dreary and dangerous. To the insider, it is an inner-city secret — mixed, vibrant, historic, arty, with decent value, some fine architecture and excellent transport connections — six minutes by train to London Bridge, 12 minutes on the Docklands Light Railway to Canary Wharf.
Regeneration amounting to £1 billion is ripping through the district as developers, home buyers and business people discover its merits. And for the rooted local community, many of them creatives, there is a new sense of identity. The unpretentious high street — where independent shops serving the needs of a multi-ethnic community still rule the roost — is the focus of much activity. Deptford railway station, the oldest in London, and its immediate surroundings are benefiting from a showpiece project designed by renowned architectural practice Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.

Called Rise, the scheme, pictured, links into the upgraded station and comprises a dashing new apartment block with 121 homes, a communal roof terrace and a market square, while derelict railway arches are being brought back to life as workspaces and retail premises. Prices from £430,000. Call Property Frontiers on 01865 202700.

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